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all: cbs cares! the federal railroad administration is imploring states to inspect stop lights at rail crossings. many of them are not timed properly. kris van cleave is looking into this. >> reporter: federal regulators say this shouldn't happen. a traffic light did not turn green long enough to give this semitruck enough time to get off the tracks before the train approached. the driver survived, but many don't. since 2013, 96 have died.
another 419 were hurt at intersections where the stop lights are interconnected with the railroad equipment. sarah fineberg. >> if the traffic signal is working, connected the right way to the railroad crossing equipment we should be able to keep people off the track when a train is coming. >> reporter: tonight federal railroad administration is issuing a safety advisory asking the states to inspect the traffic signals at railroad crossings nationwide. >> really important to monitor the lights to make sure signals are not losing a second over team to make sure the traffic is moving through. >> whenever drivers are approaching railroad tracks, they just have to assume that a train is coming. >> reporter: dr. lany wilson's 14-year-old daughter lauren died when the car sunny was riding in was struck by a train. >> seemed like she had the world on a string, sitting on a rainbow. we were there with her until the crash. then since then we have, we have done a lot to try to prevent this tragedy from happening to
other families. >> reporter: regulators are asking that event recorders be installed in these traffic signals to help determine if the signals are factoring into accidents. scott, regulators are working with google to share gps data so one day drivers will be warned as they're approaching train tracks. >> chris, thanks. today, pope francis went to the heart of mexico's drug war and challenged priests to fight injustice, violence and corruption. this comes at the same time of a fascinating revelation about pope john paul ii. private letters reveal a close friendship with a woman that lasted for decades. mark phillips has the story. >> reporter: he was then a young polish cardinal. she was a polish-american writer and married. yet when karol wojtyla, the man who would become pope john paul ii begin to collaborate with anna-teresa tymieniecka on a translation, something more than a book happened. they wrote to each other for the rest of their lives.
his letters re-created in a bbc documentary. their relationship would test the cardinal's vow of celibacy. you write about being torn apart, cardinal wojtyla wrote, but i can find no answer to these words. particularly the word "i belong to you." malina malinovsky, brokered the sale of the letters. i believe she fell in love with him. they didn't just write. they spent private times at her prompt in vermont. skiing in poland. in the old communist days when he was in krakov, she had her letters hand delivered so the party officials couldn't use scandal to undermine the popular priest. it's good you sent your letters by hands, he says. it contains thing too deep for the sensors eyes. when he became pope he didn't stop.
i am thinking about you he wrote. in my thoughts i come to pomfret her house in vermont every day. when he died, friend say, that the vatican won't confirm, she was at his bedside. the pope's letters are now public. anna-teresa tymieniecka's letters to him have not been published. what a story they might tell. mark phillips, cbs news, london. the "cbs overnight news" will be right back.
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86 to 110 mile per hour winds ripped the top off this 18 wheeler on florida's busy i-95 in miami. tossing the big rig on its side. and -- >> basically like the twister movie. the way to describe it. something like a metal sign, bam, flashed. hit the front of my car. and shattered the window. >> the strong gusts tore roofs off buildings. uprooted trees and tossed some on houses. a power line snapped, starting a fire in this residential area of miami. this same storm system also spawned an ef-3 tornado late yesterday in century, florida. on the alabama border. the over135 mile per hour winds, flattened cars, and destroyed homes. southern mississippi was also hilt. this home was demolished. >> sounds look a low flying jet. it did. >> in miami, 100 mile per hour winds tossed the tree like a
toy. look at the base. i am 6'1", nearly enough to swallow me. scott, tornados here are not rare. forecasters say because of el nino, south florida could get more tornados like today well into march. >> david begnaud thanks. the wild weather swings we have seen are caused in part by the phenomenon known as el nino. the warming of the pacific that lead to drought in much of africa and storms and high temperatures on america's west coast. we have two reports on this tonight, beginning with ben tracy on the southern california. >> reporter: this is winter on the west coast. with temperatures running 15 to 25 degrees above normal it looks and feels more like july than february. >> it is so hot outside. it's crazy. just kind of embracing it. going with it. >> wow, look at this. >> californians were expecting this. nonstop rain storms fueled by one of the largest el ninos on record. but after heavy rain last month.
southern california is on a hot and dry streak. it has been 15 days since a drop of rain fell in los angeles. nasa climatologist bill pastert called the massive band of warm water in a godzilla el nino predicted to drench drought ravaged california. >> is this godzilla more bark than bite? >> el nino remains immense. it has the had a powerful impact over the last six months. even this winter, all of the volatile weather we have had across the united states, the fingerprint of el nino is on all these events. >> reporter: turns out the el nino is so big it shifted the jet stream further north. allowing storms to batter northern california and pacific north west. rain soaked cliffs near san francisco have been dropping into the ocean. but northern storms are also dramatically boosting california
snow pack. now the deepest it has been in more than a decade. spring snow melt will help fill the state's depleted reservoirs and 30% of california's water supply. the temperature hit 90 here today in los angeles. that is a new record for this date. but forecasters say they still expect those el nino rains and cooler temperatures to hit los angeles and scott they say that will happen in the next couple of weeks. >> ben tracy for us tonight. ben, thank you. well there has been precious little water in southern and eastern africa where el nino is scorching the earth. the u.n. says as many as a million children are at risk of starvation. many are in the tiny nation of lesotho. we sent deborah patta there. >> reporter: dawn breaks. villagers hope for rain but it promises to be another scorching day.
70-year-old, malepota makara wakes her five grandchildren. most of them orphaned by aids. it doesn't take long to get the three eldest ready for school, that's because there is nothing to eat. like everyone else in the village. malepota makara's crops have failed. it is painful, says 9-year-old, to go to school without food. this drought his grandmother explains is more severe than i have ever seen. makara knows instinctively what experts have confirmed. this is the strongest el nino on record in southern africa delaying the rains and putting 14 million people at risk of starvation. a pitiful burst of rain in recent days coaxed out some greenery. it is a cruel illusion as it has come too late. this should be lesotho's rainy season. normally i wouldn't be able to stand here, because i would be
waist highen water. instead the riverbed is bone dry. u.n. humanitarian coordinator is worried at what is ahead? >> the rainfall has been delayed to an extent that people haven't been able to plant the crops that they need to survive. so, we are looking at people having not enough to eat, at least until, 2017. >> at school, makara's grandchildren get their one meal of the day. a bowl of watery pourage and corn. schools are worried they will have to stop feeding schemes. water is a concern. lesotho trucks walter to the villages. a nearby dam has two weeks sa ply left before it too runs dry. at home, makara manages to downfor unripened peaches for younger children. later when the brothers and sisters return she rests for the
first time. there is no supper once again. if i can just give them food and love, she sighs, then, they will be fine. lesotho desperately need at least $27 million to feed people on the brink of starvation. they are battling to attract the attention of international donors scott who are already overstretched dealing with global crises. >> remarkable reporting from deborah patta in johannesburg. thank you. and we'll be right back.
tonight the grand finale of the westminster dog show, a super bowl without the tailgating just the tail. here's don dahler. >> reporter: rumor has it that the german shepard named rumor slated to win best in show. the 4-year-old female from wisconsin wowed the crowd yesterday taking best of breed honors, her owner kent boyles. what's the difference between a true champion dog and a really well trained dog? >> she is very close to the breed standard, beautiful animal. good attitude loves and shows. most of the 3,000 dogs do seem to enjoy the attention, the primping and the cheering crowds. judge michael faulkner involved with show dogs since he was 9 years old. hearing the cheering, what is it about dogs that makes this event so big? >> that bond between dog and man is so important. and then you add competition and
applause and glamour and doesn't get any better. >> the seven new breed in this competition raise the number to 197 include some faces and hair styles. many fans have never seen before. it took jackie walker over ten years to get french herding dogs, berger picards into the big show. what process does it take to get a breed accepted? >> very long one. putting on shows and tests. >> reporter: all to reach the ultimate test. performing in the center ring at westminster. in the midst of the pomp and pageantry, what is some times lost why we love the animals so much. dogs just being dogs. don dahler, cbs news, new york. that's the "cbs overnight news" for this wednesday. for some, the news continues. for others check back later for
>> announcer: this is the "cbs overnight news." welcome to the "cbs overnight news," i'm michelle miller. we are three days away from a key race in the marathon run for the white house. the republican presidential candidates will compete this saturday in the first in the south primary in south carolina. front-runner donald trump and jeb bush continue to trade jabs on the campaign trail, now bush has added a political heavyweight to his corner. former president george w. bush. jeb bush's campaign is counting on the 43rd president to give his brother a much needed boost. here is major garrett. >> president bush ended years of self imposed political exile and drew the biggest most enthusiastic crowd in south carolina.
by itself the upbeat rally cannot reverse jeb bush's fortunes, running third or fourth. the event did take the edge off a nasty day of primary politicking. >> i think the voters should vote for the candidate who has got the most opinionated mother. former president george w. bush came to south carolina on a rescue mission for brother jeb. >> in my experience, the strongest person usually isn't the loudest one in the room. >> george bush made a mistake. >> reporter: recent attacks by g.o.p. front-runner, donald trump on the former president's 9/11 leadership had jeb playing defense. >> he didn't know that 9/11 was going to happen. he rolled up his sleeves. he inspired us. >> why do you mention jeb bush? he is not competitive. his brother came today. they have a thing. trying to make competitive. don't think it will happen. >> reporter: trump drove home his criticism at a glitzy primetime rally. >> everything now is an offchute
of the decision. >> reporter: during the afternoon press conference, donald trump said bush overlooked warnings and mismanaged intelligence before 9/11. >> was it negligence on the part of president bush? >> i don't say anything. the world trade center came down -- >> the bush family was not donald trump's only target. >> i think ted is an unstable guy. i have never seen anybody that lied as much as ted cruz. we'll bring a lawsuit if he doesn't straighten his act out. >> ted cruz appeared unfazed. >> you cannot simply scream "liar" when somebody points out the actual position of donald trump. >> reporter: amid the ever nasery campaign, the brothers bush reunited to build momentum. >> i love my brother the i am happy that he came to do this. he can still bring it. >> reporter: after the rally, president bush told me he loved
hitting the campaign trail. and likes jeb's chances here in south carolina. meanwhile, trump said he again might run as independent if he doesn't secure the gop nomination. he also said that he might sue ted cruz over eligibility to run for the white house. >> one of the differences between jeb bush and donald trump is their positions on immigration. trump called for the deportation of all illegal immigrants. bush wants to give undocumented workers a path towards legal status. jeb bush's approach is tempered in part by experience as governor of florida which has the the third largest hispanic population in the country. many cuban refugees are trading miami for a different entry point into the u.s. mark strassmann shows us why. >> reporter: every day, cubans cross this border bridge from mexico into laredo, texas. the cuban adjustment act guaranteed asylum to refugees fleeing the communist regime. they qualify for a green card after a year and a day. and citizenship five years later.
but now they're afraid the thawing of diplomatic relations will end that special protection. she says "how was i supposed to get here if they change the law? it would have been impossible?" most cuban refugees no longer try to reach miami on make shift rafts. capture and the currents are risky. they now fly to a latin american country like ecuador. then spend months making a 2,000 mile trip on land through half dozen countries before reaching the texas border. 51,000 arrived here last year. 68% of them through laredo. >> whole transnational human smuggling operation. >> jorge studies human migration patterns at florida international university. well organized? >> very well organized. second most profitable illegal network after the legally trade business. >> most head to miami. at this refugee resettlement
office. we met andres hernandez. his trip here from cuba, took eight months. he told us it was stress and days without eating. worth it to him and cubans. immigrants desperate to start fresh in america and worried they may soon join the back of the line with everyone else. mark strassmann, miami. newly released letters between pope john paul ii and married polish american woman are getting a lot of attention. they reveal a powerful personal bond that lasted for decades. here is mark phillips. >> reporter: imagine a cross between the vatican newspaper and hollywood gossip site, tmz, you might get something like the letters. they're about a story of unrequited love.
or a story of a long intellectual friendship with overlay of affects. plenty of argument for both. in the beginning he was a dynamic, young, polish priest, from krakov. she was a polish emigrant, anna-teresa tymieniecka living in the u.s. and married. when they met to collaborate on english, something on another level clicked. they began an exchange of letters that continued for the apart. i can find no answers to these word, wojtyla says. particularly the word "i belong to you." as he rose up hierarchy they continued to correspond, the letters sent in a way to avoid communist sensors who could have used the width of scandal to undermine the powerful catholic church. it is good you sent your letters by hand it contains things too
deep for the censors eyes. they are so meaningful and deeply personal. the couple spent time together in vermont, where anna-teresa had a house. in poland. more than friend, some said, less than lovers. when wojtyla is elected pope, communication would become more difficult but not impossible. pope john paul soon wrote i promise i will remember everything at this new stage of my journey. i am thinking about you. in my thoughts, i come to pomfret, her house in vermont every day. she is said to have come to rome to be at his bedside as he was dying. but she has been removed from the official vatican history. the letters are held in the polish national library. significantly his letters have now been released. but hers are still being kept secret. what a story they might tell about the life of this popular now sainted pope. >> "cbs overnight news" will be right back.
a "usa today" network investigation has uncovered major flaws in the way many states screen teachers and track misconduct. the probe into all 50 states and district of columbia revealed more than 20 states received a d or an f grade. david begnaud reports. >> reporter: more than three years ago kindergarten teacher resigned from her job in florida after she was accused of shoving, spanking and aggressively shaking a 6-year-old. a battery charge was dropped
after she completed a deferred prosecution program. a year after that, she resurfaced at north webster junior high school in louisiana where she taught until last week. >> sheila thornton says that she worked with her daughter's dance team. >> we trust our school system. just don't like the idea of a child batterer taking care of my child. >> her background check system is almost set up as if teachers stay in one state for their whole career. and they -- they clearly don't. >> reporter: "usa today" network investigative reporter steve riley says she is one example of teachers with checkered pasts slipping through the cracks of the system. not only are parents unable to find information. education agencies and school districts don't have access to the comprehensive list of
teachers unable to teach because of sexual misconduct or physical misconduct against students. >> the "usa today" network found the names of at least 9,000 educators disciplined are missing from a privately run, nonprofit database the nastek clearinghouse, the nation's centralized system for tracking teacher misconduct. 1400 of those teachers had licenses permanently revoked. 200 for sexual or physical abuse. >> it is challenging. because each of the states have rules and regulation that oversee the certification of educators in their state. is it perfect, no? do we work to make it perfect? every single dale. >> reporter: last year a georgia teacher resigned after a string of allegations including physical altercations with students. but that teacher still got a teaching license in both north and south carolina. in 2006, dallas area middle school teacher, stanley kendall was captured on nabs's "to catch a predator" allegedly soliciting a young boy for sex. >> i honestly didn't think he was 13.
i thought about driving away when high saw him at the door. >> reporter: he lost his job and texas teaching less license. i let it happen because i didn't have the money to fight it. years later, kendall returned to the classroom. substituting in indiana until some one saw a rerun of the nbc program and alerted officials. >> and the cases are too many to ignore. >> reporter: pennsylvania senator pat toomey spent years pushing for federal regulations. >> varpous states have wildly varying standards for doing background checks for employee. there is no good reason why the children in a particular state should be more at risk than children in another state. >> as for the teacher, she resigned from her job in louisiana last week after "usa today" contact herd school district as part of its investigation. in a statement to cbs this morning, she said "i made an error in judgment in florida it was greatly exaggerated. i learned from my misfake. i sought a second chance. and i got it." >> how do you track teachers like this? >> i guess right now you don't. that's the question -- how is
this going on and no one is doing anything about it? seems like our children are worth a little bit more than that to me. >> one of the smallest babies ever born who survived is now back home with her parents in north carolina. she arrived 14 weeks before her due date. and weighed 10 ounces. mark strassmann was there for the homecoming in charlotte. >> i love you so much, baby girl. so happy. so happy. this is the best moment in my life. >> reporter: megan smith waited five months for this moment. the chance to go home with alaya, her baby girl. >> allaya. like don't cry. >> i'm sorry. i'm sorry. i'm happy. >> reporter: allaya is a medical miracle. >> we got to see the human being
formed outside of the womb. >> they were thrilled when they learned she was pregnant. but early on they could see this was not going to be easy. barely 6 months in, the higher tension put megan at risk for a stroke. allaya stopped growing inside her. doctors had trouble finding a fetal heartbeat. megan needed an emergency c section. allaya as born, 14 weeks early. she weighed 10 ounces. and head to toe measured ten inches long. >> she is tiny. size of a small kilten or smaller. a baby bird. >> a neo nay toll gist says allaya was born half the size of the smallest premature babies at levine children's hospital in charlotte. >> what did you tell the parents? >> the risk was that she could very well die. as long as they're, there is hope. i will focus on the hope.
>> but hope seemed like a stretch. less than 1% of babies in the u.s. are born as early as allaya. and her world for weeks was an incubator, respirator and series of challenges. medical, technical, and emotional. >> none of her organs are work like they should. her skin is one cell layer thick. almost like the bottom of a, blister. >> even taking a blood sample was risky. allaya was born with less than an ounce of it in her body. >> because she was so small. she really was reaching the limits of our technology. so we had to sit down and -- get creative about our approaches to many things. >> one night her heart rate plummeted. cpr brought her back to life. she left the hospital, six weeks after her original due date. weighing 5 pounds, eight ounces. almost 9 times her birth weight. >> never doubted it. oh, no. i refuse to put doubt in there. she was here for a reason. and, everything happens for a reason. >> reporter: tiny allaya was born with a big heart.
>> did you have faith? >> i had hope, faith, prayer. i had everything. there was no doubt in my mind that they couldn't dupe what they needed to do to make my baby live. >> dr. herman says she shows no signs of devil of mental issues. >> i am still in awe of her and her parents and awe of the team. >> i fought for her to live. and she fought to live. i'm sitting in my living room holding my baby. >> yea. there you go. >> it's joy. i love it. look i finally have my baby home. >> reporter: allaya has more than lived up to her middle name. faith. mark strassmann, charlotte. ♪ music ♪ introducing new k-y touch gel crème. for massage and intimacy. every touch, gently intensified.
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new york fashion week now under way. a lot of eyes are focusing on the work of designer zach posen who dressed some of the most famous women it world. nora o'donnell takes a closer look. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: when zac posen's fall and winter 2016 collection debuted last night the fashion world took notice. why are all the fabrics on the ground? >> they're doing coloration. >> reporter: creating gracefulness by way of sim simplicity made the 35-year-old one of the brightest fashion talents. his well known clients regularly land magazine covers and leading roles. ♪ flashing >> reporter: last month demi
moore wore vintage dress by posen to the s.a.g. awards. posen created the dress in 2002. >> we put a dress on her from my second collection, she wore it. kind of showed hollywood this its what a great star is. this is the power of it. that's not something you can create. >> reporter: what is the business effect of such a high profile actress wearing one of your gowns? >> you can't directly necessarily quantify it unless that piece of clothing is in a star at the moment. >> reporter: when posen got his start, 14 years ago, department stores sold his lines. now, as shopping habits evolve, he is ready to sell his pieces directly to his customers on line. >> reporter: you are going straight to e-commerce instead of the zac posen storefronts? >> i didn't want rent right now. >> reporter: right. >> i didn't want inflated rent. i would love to have a store. i did e-commerce first because i wanted to directly have the dialogue with the consumer. ♪
>> reporter: that dialogue include his contemporary line, a collaboration with david's bridal, engagement rings he designs, all while creating his namesake fashion shows twice a year. is burnout an issue at all? >> it has become a huge issue within fashion. the pace is enormous. the pressures are very high. >> reporter: when i read burnout had become a phrase that many in the fashion industry was talking about, one reaction that i had was like, well you are not pumping gas for a living, digging ditches or working in construction, real physical costs of burnout. is it fair? is that term a little bit -- >> it's fair because it is real. however, working within fashion is an honor and a great luxury. there is no question. listen, creative burnout and physical burnout is real. there are moments when i get home after overseeing almost 16 collections a year, you know, where i can't move.
>> reporter: in addition to those 16 yearly collections, posen is also pairing up with brooks brothers. the brand recently chose him as the its creative director. >> oh, wow. look at this. >> welcome. >> reporter: nice display here. >> welcome to our world of brooks brother women. >> reporter: posen's characteristic style, hour-glass gowns, billowing trains, colors out of the crayola hits a practical tone. on the floor of the global retailer. because, when i follow you on instagram, you do big dresses, spinning like this, full skirt comes out. it's like my gosh, the design element and everything. big couture fashion as you say. this is different. >> yes, this is very different. this is streamline. great discipline on my part. of not overdetailing. >> you don't want to put a big. you want a -- >> no, no, no. this is about making people look chic on the street. >> reporter: collaboration gives posen experience to hone what the working woman wears.
>> i wear a dress. because then i don't have to pick the top and bottom to go together. >> i think that's smart. >> i think dresses are really smart, liberating. >> separates thing too hard to coordinate in the morning. >> okay, that's -- >> good. just put it on. set to go. dresses have the power. >> knit suiting. >> knit suiting. comfortable on the go. >> reporter: the idea that a designer known for his thousand dollar gowns now wants to dress everyday americans may sound unbelievable. >> we have to do color story. but posen's perch in the fashion industry is distinctly democratic. what about someone who says, well, zac posen dresses models, hollywood actresses, and now "i will not look good in anything from brooks brothers?" i'm a regularly shaped woman. >> the steam starts coming out of my ears. since the beginning of my career i have publicly dressed and represented women of all sizes, of all colors. and that's the big part of who i am.
the music world is buzzing about the grammys. kevin frasier, co-host of "entertainment tonight," shows us some of the highlights. >> reporter: the imagery presented by kendrick lamar, was stark, the setting a jail with lamar in chains. ♪ ♪ the grammys provided a showcase for lamar's racially charged message, as well as the pure pop stylings of taylor swift who won album of the year for "1989." swift used her acceptance speech to empower women after some of kanye west's recent lyrics claimed he was responsible for making her famous. >> there are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success. and you don't let those people side track you. some day when you get where you are going, you will look around,
and you will know it was you and the people who love you who put you there. ♪ ♪ >> a strange sound like an out uf tune guitar marred adele's performance and then her mic dropped out. adele tweeted, the piano mics fell on to the piano strings. that's what the guitar sound was. it made it sound out of tune. blank happens. and rihanna who sang sunday night at a grammy event pulled out of the award show at the last minute. her reps claiming fighting an infection and unable to perform. despite the glitches, other artists shined. ♪ ground control to major tom lady gaga transformed herself into multiple personas to pay tribute to the late david bowie. the grammy awards took a
nostalgic turn paying tribute to artists who recently passed away. jackson brown joined the surviving eagles to celebrate the late glen frey. ♪ take it easy stevie wonder joined an acapella tribute to earth, wind, fire's maurice white. lionel ritchie given a tribute for his music and humanitarian efforts. ♪ all night long and showed he still has what it takes to bring down the house. ♪ oh yeah that's how to do it right there! [ cheers and applause ]
captioning funded by cbs it's wednesday, february 17th, 2016. this is the "cbs morning news." battle for the bench. president obama issues a challenge to senate republicans saying they have no constitutional grounds to refuse consideration of a new supreme court nominee. order to unlock. a federal judge tells apple it must help the fbi hack into the iphone of one of the san bernardino shooters. rock 'n' roll returns to paris. eagles of death metal take the stage in defiance three months after being targeted by terrorists. and meet the leader of the